Historical Events in 1948 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 400 of 537

  • May 28 Israeli Air Force is officially founded shortly after the start of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War
  • May 28 Iraq captures Ge'ulim settlement
  • May 29 47th Men's French Championships: Frank Parker beats Jaroslav Drobny (6-4, 7-5, 5-7, 8-6)
  • May 29 47th Women's French Championships: Nelly Landry beats Shirley Fry (6-2, 0-6, 6-0)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 30 Schenectady Blue Jays Tom Lasorda strikes out 25 in 15-inning game

Baseball Manager Tom Lasorda
Baseball Manager
Tom Lasorda
  • May 30 A dike along the flooding Columbia River breaks, obliterating Vanport, Oregon within minutes. Fifteen people die and tens of thousands are left homeless.
  • May 31 Tommy Lasorda strikes out 25 Amsterdam Rugmakers (in 15 innings)
  • May 31 Indianapolis 500: Mauri Rose wins in 4:10:23.286 (192.822 km/h)
  • Jun 1 Israel & Arabs agree to a cease fire
  • Jun 3 The musical "Sleepy Hollow" opens at St James Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • Jun 3 200" (5.08 m) Hale telescope dedicated at Palomar Observatory
  • Jun 3 Korczak Ziolkowski begins sculpture of Crazy Horse near Mt Rushmore

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 5 Phillies Richie Ashburn sets NL rookie consecut hitting streak at 23

Baseball Player Richie Ashburn
Baseball Player
Richie Ashburn
  • Jun 5 "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky: A Cowboy Legend" single released by Stan Jones
  • Jun 7 Communist complete takeover of Czechoslovakia; President Bernes resigns
  • Jun 7 KVP wins Dutch Second-Parliamentary election
  • Jun 8 "Milton Berle Show" premieres on NBC TV
  • Jun 8 "Sally" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 36 performances
  • Jun 8 John Rudder becomes 1st negro commissioned officer in US marines
  • Jun 9 WBZ TV channel 4 in Boston, MA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 12 "Hold It!" closes at National Theater NYC after 46 performances
  • Jun 12 The musical "Sleepy Hollow" closes at St James Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • Jun 12 "William Tell" French opera by Gioachino Rossini premieres in Salle Le Peletier, Paris

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 12 48th US Golf Open: Ben Hogan shoots a 276 at Riviera CC in LA

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • Jun 12 80th Belmont: Eddie Arcaro wins aboard Citation to claim his second Triple Crown

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Jun 12 Bradman scores 138 in 1st Test cricket at Trent Bridge

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman

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Jun 13 Babe Ruth's final farewell at Yankee Stadium, he dies Aug 16th

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Jun 14 Klemens Gottwald becomes president of Czechoslovakia
  • Jun 15 1st night game at Briggs Stadium: Detroit Tigers beat Philadelphia A's (Tigers 4, Athletics 1)
  • Jun 15 Bradman is out for a duck, but Australia win test match anyway
  • Jun 15 WPIX TV channel 11 in NYC, NY (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 15 WTNH TV channel 8 in New Haven, CT (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 17 Joe Cronin pinch hit HRs in both ends of a doubleheader
  • Jun 18 American Library Association adopts Library Bill of Rights
  • Jun 18 National Security Council authorizes covert operations for 1st time
  • Jun 18 Phillies pitching great Robin Roberts debut, loses 2-0 to Pirates
  • Jun 18 UN Commission on Human Rights adopts the International Declaration of Human Rights
  • Jun 19 Panama and Costa Rica recognize Israel
  • Jun 20 "Toast of the Town" hosted by Ed Sullivan premieres on CBS-TV
  • Jun 20 20 Jews killed when a bomb is thrown into Jewish quarter of Cairo
  • Jun 20 Cleveland draws then record 82,781 for doubleheader
  • Jun 20 Deutsche Mark introduced in West Germany
  • Jun 21 1st stored computer program runs on Manchester Mark I at a laboratory in Manchester University, England
  • Jun 21 33 1/3 RPM LP record introduced and 78's planned to be phased out (Dr Peter Goldmark-Columbia Records)
  • Jun 21 Lord Mountbatten resigns as Governor General of India (formerly the last Viceroy)
  • Jun 21 Rhodes conference on Israeli-Arab war opens
  • Jun 21 WNAC (now WHDH) TV channel 7 in Boston, MA (CBS) begins broadcasting

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Jun 24 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia nominates Governor of NY Thomas E. Dewey

Governor of New York Thomas E. Dewey
Governor of New York
Thomas E. Dewey

GermanyThe Berlin Candy Bombers

Jun 24 Soviet Union begins the West Berlin Blockade by stopping access by road, rail and water
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Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 25 Joe Louis KOs Jersey Joe Walcott in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe

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Jun 25 Harry Truman signs Displaced Persons Bill (205,000 Europeans to US)

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman

  • Jun 26 US begin airlift “Operation Vittles” to West Berlin
  • Jun 28 British begin airlift “Operation Plainfare” to West Berlin
  • Jun 30 Cleveland Indian Bob Lemon no-hits Detroit Tigers, 2-0
  • Jun 30 Last British troops leave Israel
  • Jun 30 Transistor as a substitute for valves announced (Bell Labs)
  • Jul 1 Australian cricket captain Don Bradman scores 128 in 141 mins with 15 fours in a tour match vs Surry

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jul 1 Brooklyn's future Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Roy Campanella debuts with 3 hits in a 6-4 loss to the rival NY Giants

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
  • Jul 1 NYC subway fare goes to 10 cents, bus fare to 7 cents and combo fare at 12 cents
  • Jul 2 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American Bob Falkenburg beats John Bromwich of Australia 7-5, 0-6, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 for his only Grand Slam singles title
  • Jul 2 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Louise Brough beats fellow American Doris Hart 6-3, 8-6 for the first of 3-straight Wimbledon singles titles
  • Jul 2 British Open Golf, Muirfield: England's Henry Cotton wins by 5 from Irishman Fred Daly for his third Open victory
  • Jul 3 Kidnapper Caryl Chessman sentenced to death, California; execution dosn't happen until 1960
  • Jul 5 Britain's National Health Service Act begins
  • Jul 7 6 female reservists become 1st women sworn into regular US Navy
  • Jul 7 Cleveland Indians stun MLB by signing 42 year old veteran Negro Leagues pitcher Satchel Paige
  • Jul 8 500th anniversary of the Russian Orthodox Church celebrated in Moscow
  • Jul 9 Satchel Paige, 42, debuts in majors pitching 2 scoreless inn for Cleve
  • Jul 10 "Allegro" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 318 performances
  • Jul 10 "Ballet Ballads" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 62 performances
  • Jul 10 "Look Ma, I'm Dancin'" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 188 performances
  • Jul 10 Lydda Airfield captured by Israeli army
  • Jul 11 1st air bombing of Jerusalem
  • Jul 12 1st jets to fly across Atlantic (6 RAF de Havilland Vampires)
  • Jul 13 15th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-2 at Sportsman's Park, St Louis
  • Jul 14 Palmiro Togliatti, leader of the Italian Communist Party, is shot near to the Italian Parliament.
  • Jul 15 Israel bombs Cairo during Arab-Israeli War
  • Jul 15 Alcoholic Anonymous founded in Britain
  • Jul 15 US President Harry Truman nominated for another term (Philadelphia)

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Jul 16 Eddie Sawyer replaces Ben Chapman in Philadelphia, NY Giants Leo Durocher replaces Mel Ott & Burt Shotton replaces Durocher as Dodger manager

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Jul 17 Israeli army captures Nazareth
  • Jul 17 Proclamation of constitution of Republic of (South) Korea
  • Jul 17 US Air Force pilot Gail Halvorsen encounters children in at Templehof Airport in Berlin during the Berlin Blockade, giving him the idea to drop candy in 'Operation Little Vittles'
  • Jul 18 "Marinka" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 168 performances
  • Jul 18 Pat Seerey of Chicago White Sox hits 4 HRs in an 11 inning game
  • Jul 19 French government of Schuman resigns
  • Jul 20 Lou Thesz beats Bill Longson, to become NWA wrestling champion

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jul 20 Syngman Rhee elected President of South Korea

First President of South Korea Syngman Rhee
First President of South Korea
Syngman Rhee
  • Jul 20 US Communist Party chairman William Forster arrested
  • Jul 21 WSPD TV channel 13 in Toledo, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 23 Progressive party convention nominates Henry Wallace for President
  • Jul 24 4 Duluth Minn Dukes (St Louis Cards Class C farm team) die in crash
  • Jul 25 35th Tour de France won by Gino Bartali of Italy
  • Jul 26 "Babe Ruth Story" premieres, Babe Ruth's last public appearance
  • Jul 26 1st black host of a network show-CBS' Bob Howard Show
  • Jul 26 Leo Durocher returns to Ebbets Field as a NY Giant
  • Jul 26 President Harry Truman issues Executive Order No. 9981 to desegregate the US armed forces, directing "equality of treatment and opportunity" in the military
  • Jul 27 Australia set 404 to win v England at Headingley
  • Jul 27 Bradman's 29th and last Test Cricket century, part of winning 3-404
  • Jul 27 Otto Skorzeny escapes anti-nazi camp at Darmstadt
  • Jul 28 I G Farben chemical plant explodes in Ludwigshafen, Germany, 182 die
  • Jul 28 London's Metropolitan Police Flying Squad foils a bullion robbery in the "Battle of London Airport".

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Jul 29 King George VI opens 14th modern Olympic Games in London

King of Great Britain George VI
King of Great Britain
George VI
  • Jul 29 XIV Summer Olympic Games open at Wembley Stadium in London
  • Jul 30 Professional wrestling premieres on prime-time network TV (DuMont)
  • Jul 30 Czech distance running legend Emil Zátopek wins the 10,000m at the London Olympics in 29:59.6, an Olympic record
  • Jul 31 "Brigadoon" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 581 performances
  • Jul 31 US President Harry Truman dedicates Idlewild Field (now Kennedy Airport), NY
  • Jul 31 American swimmer Wally Ris wins the coveted 100m freestyle gold medal at the London Olympics beating team mate Alan Ford by 0.4 seconds
  • Jul 31 Harrison Dillard ran an Olympic record 10.3 seconds to beat fellow American Barney Ewell for the 100m gold medal at the London Olympics
  • Aug 1 The U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations is founded.
  • Aug 2 Fanny Blankers-Koen of the Netherlands wins the 100m in 11.9 at the London Olympics; 1st of unprecedented 3 individual track & field gold medals
  • Aug 2 Danish swimmer Greta Anderson (1:06.3) touches out American Ann Curtis by 0.2 in the women's 100m freestyle at the London Olympics
  • Aug 2 Italians Adolfo Consolini and Giuseppe Tosi go 1-2 in the men's discus final at the London Olympics
  • Aug 3 Negro League veteran pitcher Satchel Paige debuts for Cleveland after controversial signing, goes 7 innings in 5-3 win v Washington
  • Aug 3 FDR advisor Alger Hiss accused of being a "communist"
  • Aug 3 An American clean sweep of the medals in the men's 3m springboard diving at the London Olympics with Bruce Harlan winning gold, Miller Anderson silver and Sammy Lee bronze
  • Aug 3 American divers Vicki Draves, Zoe Ann Olsen and Patsy Elsener go 1-2-3 in a US clean sweep of the medals in the women's 3m springboard at the London Olympics
  • Aug 3 The US 4 x 200m freestyle relay team of Wally Ris, Jimmy McLane, Wally Wolf and Bill Smith swim a world record 8:46.0 to win gold at the London Olympics
  • Aug 3 An American 1-2 in the men's 200m at the London Olympics with Mel Patton (21.1) beating team mate Barney Ewell
  • Aug 3 An American sweep of the medals in the men's shot put at the London Olympics with Wilbur Thompson taking gold ahead of team mates Jim Delaney & Jim Fuchs
  • Aug 4 5 day Southern States filibuster succeeds in maintaining America's poll tax
  • Aug 4 Fanny Blankers-Koen of the Netherlands wins the 80m hurdles in Olympic record 11.2 at the London Olympics; 2nd of unprecedented 3 individual track & field gold medals
  • Aug 4 Hungary's Olga Gyarmati wins the first ever Olympic women's long jump competition at the London Games
  • Aug 4 The women's shot put introduced to track & field program at the London Olympics; inaugural gold medallist Micheline Ostermeyer of France who also won the women's discus gold
  • Aug 4 An American sweep of the medals in the 110m hurdles at the London Olympics with William Porter taking gold, ahead of Clyde Scott and Craig Dixon
  • Aug 5 Cleveland Indians set club record for most double plays in a game (6) in a 3-0 win v Washington
  • Aug 5 Americans Sammy Lee and Bruce Harlan go 1-2 in the 10m platform diving at the London Olympics
  • Aug 5 A Jamaican 1-2 in the men's 400m at the London Olympics with Arthur Wint (46.2) beating team mate Herb McKenley for the gold medal
  • Aug 5 A Swedish sweep of the medals in the 3000m steeplechase at the London Olympics with Tore Sjöstrand taking gold ahead of team mates Erik Elmsäter & Göte Hagström
  • Aug 6 17 year old American Bob Mathias scores 7,139 points to edge out Ignace Heinrich of France by just 165 in the decathlon at the London Olympics
  • Aug 6 Willem Drees forms Socialist government (KVP/Social Democratics/CHU/Liberal) in the Netherlands
  • Aug 6 Dutch super athlete Fanny Blankers-Koen wins London Olympics 200m in 24.4 to become 1st women to claim 3 individual track & field gold at a Games, having already won 100m & 80m hurdles
  • Aug 6 Vicki Draves wins her second diving gold medal at the London Olympics beating American team mate Patsy Elsener in the 10m platform
  • Aug 6 A Swedish 1-2 in the men's 1,500m at the London Olympics with Henry Eriksson (3:49.8) beating team mate Lennart Strand by 0.6 seconds
  • Aug 7 1st Dutch government of Beel resigns
  • Aug 7 Delfo Cabrera of Argentina wins dramatic marathon in 2:34:51.6 at the London Olympics
  • Aug 7 Swedish race walker John Mikaelsson wins the gold medal in the 10k event by 30.6 seconds from team mate Ingemar Johansson at the London Olympics
  • Aug 7 Fanny Blankers-Koen of the Netherlands wins her 4th track & field gold medal of the London Olympics as part of the Dutch 4 x 100m relay team in 47.5
  • Aug 7 American swimmer Jimmy McLane wins the 1,500m for his 2nd gold medal at the London Olympics (4 x 200m freestyle relay); marks a US clean sweep of every men's swimming gold medal at the Games
  • Aug 7 American Alice Coachman becomes the first black woman from any country to win an Olympic gold medal when she takes out the high jump at the London Games
  • Aug 8 "Hold It!" opens at National Theater NYC for 46 performances
  • Aug 9 Italian rider Mario Ghella beats Reg Harris of Great Britain for the gold medal in the cycling sprint final at the London Olympics
  • Aug 9 The US crew blitzes the field to win the rowing eights gold medal at the London Olympics; beat silver medallists Great Britain by 10.2 seconds
  • Aug 10 ABC enters network TV at 7 PM (WJZ, NY)
  • Aug 10 Allen Funt's "Candid Camera" TV debut on ABC
  • Aug 10 Bradman scores 133* Aust v Lancashire, 216 mins, 17 fours
  • Aug 11 The weightlifting competition at the London Olympics concludes with the US (4) and Egypt (2) dominant, combining to win all of the 6 gold medals
  • Aug 12 Cleveland Indians get 29 hits in a 9 inning game
  • Aug 12 Court of justice sentences General Friedrich Christiansen, commander of the German Wehrmacht in the Netherlands, to 12 years imprisonment
  • Aug 12 The canoeing program at the London Olympics concludes with Sweden (4) and Czechoslovakia (3) dominant, combining for 7 of the 9 gold medals
  • Aug 12 Indian maestro Balbir Singh Dosanjh scores twice as India beats Great Britain 4-0 for the field hockey gold medal at the London Olympics; India's 4th consecutive Olympic hockey title
  • Aug 13 Satchel Paige at 42, pitches his 1st major league complete game
  • Aug 13 The United States successfully defends its Olympic basketball title with a 65-21 win over France at the London Games
  • Aug 13 Hungarian boxer László Papp wins the first of 3 consecutive Olympic gold medals; beats British middleweight Johnny Wright on points at the London Games
  • Aug 13 José Beyaert of France wins the cycling road race at the London Olympics; Belgium takes gold in the teams section beating Great Britain & France
  • Aug 13 Johan Gren scores twice as Sweden beats Yugoslavia 3-1 to win the football gold medal at the London Olympics
  • Aug 13 3 Finnish gymnasts dead heat for the gold medal in the pommel horse section at London Olympics; Paavo Aaltonen, Veikko Huhtanen & Heikki Savolainen all awarded gold
  • Aug 14 14th Olympic games close at London, Great Britain
  • Aug 14 England all out for 52 v Australia at Cricket Oval
  • Aug 15 US Open Women's Golf, Atlantic City CC: Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins by 8 strokes from Betty Hicks
  • Aug 15 Republic of Korea (South Korea) proclaimed (National Day)
  • Aug 16 Arabs blow up Latrun pumping station in Jerusalem
  • Aug 16 Israeli pound becomes legal tender
  • Aug 17 Alger Hiss denies ever being a Communist agent
  • Aug 17 Phillies commit 8 errors in a baseball game for the 2nd time
  • Aug 17 Tom Henrich hits his then record tying 4th grand slam of season
  • Aug 19 9th Venice Film Festival opens
  • Aug 20 15th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chi Cards 28, All-Stars 0 (101,220)
  • Aug 20 US expels Soviet Consul General in New York, Jacob Lomakin
  • Aug 21 Indians 47-inning scoreless streak broken by White Sox Aaron Robinson
  • Aug 23 Earl Bernadotte asks aid for fugitives to Palestine
  • Aug 23 World Council of Churches formed by 147 churches from 44 countries
  • Aug 25 Bradman scores 150 in 212 minutes in his last innings at Lord's
  • Aug 27 102°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in August
  • Aug 31 Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands celebrates golden jubilee
  • Sep 1 Australian Test batsmen Don Bradman (143), Lindsay Hassett (151) & Neil Harvey (110) score centuries in Australia's 1st innings of drawn cricket tour match v South of England at Hastings
  • Sep 1 Communist form North China People's Republic
  • Sep 3 W Gomulka deposed as general secretary of Polish Worker's party
  • Sep 4 "Angel in the Wings" closes at Coronet Theater NYC after 308 performances
  • Sep 4 Queen Wilhelmina abdicates Dutch throne
  • Sep 5 In France, Robert Schuman becomes President of the Council while being Foreign minister, As such, he is the negotiator of the major treaties of the end of World War II.
  • Sep 6 "Mr Strauss Goes to Boston" opens at Century Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • Sep 6 37th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in New York (5-0)
  • Sep 6 Juliana crowned Queen of The Netherlands
  • Sep 7 1st use of synthetic rubber in asphaltic concrete, Akron Oh
  • Sep 8 British De Havilland DH108-fighter flies faster than sound
  • Sep 9 "Hilarities (of 1949)" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 14 performances
  • Sep 9 Brooklyn Dodger Rex Barney no-hits NY Giants, 2-0
  • Sep 10 Bijz Criminal division sentences war criminal Jacob Folks to life
  • Sep 10 Bradman scores 153 in his last 1st-class cricket innings in England
  • Sep 12 Invasion of the State of Hyderabad by the Indian Army on the day after the Pakistani leader Jinnah's death.
  • Sep 13 Margaret Chase Smith (R-Me) elected senator, 1st woman to serve in both houses of Congress

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 14 Gerald Ford upsets Rep Bartel J Jonkman in Mich 5th Dist Rep primary

38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • Sep 14 Groundbreaking ceremony for UN world headquarters
  • Sep 14 Milton Berle starts his TV career on Texaco Star Theater
  • Sep 15 "Small Wonder" opens at Coronet Theater NYC for 134 performances
  • Sep 15 F-86 Sabre sets world aircraft speed record of 1080 kph
  • Sep 15 WHN-AM in NY City changes call letters to WMGM
  • Sep 16 "Heaven on Earth" opens at Century Theater NYC for 12 performances